The real question is, do Hobbits want to knit socks? And the answer must be a resounding Yes! Because knitting socks is fun, interesting, soothing, colorful, satisfying, occasionally frustrating, obsessive, and sometimes you just gotta do something with your hands. And modern Hobbits do not have pipes to mess around with.
"Good Morning!" said Mary, and she meant it. The sun was shining, and the grass was very green. But Gandalf looked at her from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out further than the brim of his shady hat."What do you mean?" he said. "Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?""All of them at once," said Mary. "And a very fine morning for knitting a sock out of doors, into the bargain. If you have your knitting bag about you, sit down and take out your current project! There's no hurry, we have all the day before us!"